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The Carbondale Clay Center Artist Residency Program is designed to encourage the creative, intellectual and personal growth of emerging and established ceramic artists. This program is an ideal opportunity for a developing artist who is looking for a place to pursue focused work while gaining teaching experience and valuable technical skills. The selections are based on the quality and artistic merit of the work, and the diversity of the prospective group in terms of commitment, work, background, and stage of career development. There are two residents at a time. Residencies range from one to two years, starting September 1st and ending August 31st each year.

What you can expect from us:

  • Shared studio space of approximately 200 square feet

  • $100 monthly stipend

  • 24 hr access to all facilities

  • Teaching opportunities with competitive pay

  • Exhibition opportunities and retail gallery representation

  • Ongoing efforts to introduce and help build relationships between Residents and prominent artistic figures in the Roaring Fork Valley.

  • Help in Residents achieving their professional goals within the scope of the Residency and to the best of our abilities.

What we can expect from you:

  • 20 hrs per week of active studio time, in the pursuit of Resident goals

  • 30 Resident Hours per month (outlined in Handbook)

  • A primary instructor for adult, kids, and outreach classes offered at CCC

  • Bring unique perspectives and experiences to CCC through engagement with students, visitors, and events

  • Strongly encouraged to participate in the making and donating of works for our two annual fundraisers

  • Donate a quality piece, representative of your time as a resident, to the CCC permanent collection

  • An introduction of yourself and your artwork to the community in the form of a Public Artist Talk / Visual Presentation to be held in October following your arrival

For more detailed information on experience, expectations and requirements of a CCC Resident Artist, please download and read a copy of the Resident Artist Handbook prior to applying for this residency.

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What does shared studio space mean?  Residents will be assigned a shared studio in building adjacent to main facilities. Two Residents per shared space, which is approximately 200 square feet in size, with basic studio furniture, including a canvas covered table and shelving for personal use.

Do you provide equipment for Resident Studios? Resident Studios have basic studio furniture, including a canvas covered table and shelving for personal use. Residents are expected to provide personal supplies and tools including potters wheel, sculpture stands, 5 gallon buckets, etc.

What do you provide in the main communal studio space? 
Our main studio space includes large working tables, Bailey slab roller, 2 Brent electric wheels, 9 Bailey ST-X electric wheels, Creek Pottery extruder, Soldner Clay Mixer, variety of studio tools, & Wi-Fi network.

What kind of kilns do you have? 
Skutt 1227 computerized electric kiln, rated to cone 8; Skutt 1027 computerized electric kiln, rated to cone 10; Skutt 822 computerized electric kiln, rated to cone 10; Skutt Glaze Tech computerized electric test kiln, rated to cone 10; Gas fired soda kiln (approx 18 cubic feet); Olson updraft gas reduction kiln (approx. 16 cubic feet); Geil gas kiln (approx. 22 cubic feet)

What is the cost of living in Carbondale? The Roaring Fork Valley is very expensive. Most residents work other jobs during their residency to make ends meet. Housing can be expensive and difficult to find, especially if you are coming with a pet. Shared housing is often the most cost-effective option.  We will do our best to pass on any information regarding housing leads prior to your arrival.  We highly recommend doing research beforehand. See Handbook for more details.

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Application Deadline:  April 5th 2019
Please complete all three steps below.



Letter of Intent: Please describe how you would use the time and space provided by CCC in a one page letter of intent. What are your specific goals? How would this residency help you achieve these goals? Tell us the whys, hows, and whats about the body of work you would like to create during the residency. This letter is not an artist statement, and it should explain why CCC is the place for you to create this new body of work.

Resume/CV: Please include all ceramic related experience.

Artist Statement: 250 words or less.

Images: 10-20 images of recent work (300 dpi, approximately 1-2 MB each)

References: A list of 3 references that can speak to your candidacy. Please include their name, relationship to you, phone number, and email. DO NOT send reference letters at this time.

Top applicants will be contacted for an interview. Decisions will be emailed by April 19, 2019.
Have questions? Email us at

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Nancy Barbour (2000-2001)

Frank Saliani (2000-2001) 

Albion Stafford (2000-2002) 

Steven Colby (2001-2003)

Julie Johnson (2002-2003) 

Richard Schwartz (2003-2004) 

Lauren Laughin (2003-2004) 

Lea Tyler (2004-2005)

Janice Jakielski (2004-2005)

Alix Knipe (2006-2007) 

Jessica Fitzgibbons (2006-2007)

Seul Ki Park (2006-2007)

Benjamin Stout (2006-2008) 

Allie Ogg (2007-2008) 

Paige Wright (2007-2008) 

Jesse Ring (2007-2008) 

Alex Watson (2008-2009) 

Mark Harro (2008-2010) 

Lauren Mabry (2009-2010) 

Elliot Marquet (2009-2011)

Holly Curcio (2009-2011) 

Lisa Ellena (2010-2011)

Bayard Hollins (2010-2011) 

Kelly McKibben Harro (2010-2011) 

John Cohorst (2010-2012) 

Nathan Bray (2010-2012) 

Tyler McGinn (2011-2012)

CJ Jilek (2011-2012) 

Tony Wise (2011-2012) 

HP Bloomer (2011-2013) 

Brandon Whitacre (2012-2013) 

Kendra Sparks (2012-2014)

Staci DeBolt (2012-2014) 

Mike Stumbras (2013-2014) 

Matthew Eames (2013-2015) 

Molly Berger (2014-2015) 

Susie Pentelow (2014-2015) 

Elina Jurado (2014-2016) 

Liz Heller (2015-2016) 

Collette Spears (2015-2017) 

Savanna LaBauve (2017-2019)

Stephanie Seguin (2017-2019)